Sunderland’s decision to sell Andrew Nelson earlier this January might backfire given his fast start to life in the Scottish Premiership.
Nelson had never played a single game for Sunderland’s first-team but was tipped for a breakthrough season after they dropped into League One.
However, an ankle injury held back his progress at the start of the season and he was loaned to National League North side Darlington in December.
During his month in non-league, Nelson showed that he was a class above that standard, scoring six goals in five games to stake his claim for a Sunderland spot.
The Black Cats were left with three options: sell him, keep him or loan him out. In the end, they opted for the former.
Nelson was sold permanently to Scottish Premiership side Dundee, who are in a relegation battle. And on his debut for the club, the 21-year-old netted the winner in an away match against Hearts.
Although Sunderland will not have any immediate regrets, the decision to axe him permanently is showing early signs of being a mistake.
Sunderland’s star striker Josh Maja is on the verge of a move to Bordeaux [BBC Sport], leaving Jack Ross with limited options in attack.
Nelson might not have been the answer but given his recent goal scoring form, it might have been worth trying the academy graduate in action.